donkey


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don·key

 (dŏng′kē, dông′-)
n. pl. don·keys
1. The domesticated ass (Equus asinus), having long ears and a loud bray.
2. Slang An obstinate person.
3. Slang A stupid person.

[Perhaps from the name Duncan or of imitative origin.]

donkey

(ˈdɒŋkɪ)
n
1. (Animals) Also called: ass a long-eared domesticated member of the horse family (Equidae), descended from the African wild ass (Equus asinus)
2. a stupid or stubborn person
3. (Soccer) slang derogatory Brit a footballer known for his or her lack of skill: the players are a bunch of overpriced and overrated donkeys.
4. talk the hind leg(s) off a donkey to talk endlessly
[C18: perhaps from dun dark + -key, as in monkey]

don•key

(ˈdɒŋ ki, ˈdɔŋ-, ˈdʌŋ-)

n., pl. -keys,
adj. n.
1. a domesticated ass, Equus asinus.
2. a stupid, silly, or obstinate person.
adj.
3. auxiliary: donkey engine; donkey pump.
[1775–85; perhaps alter. of Dunkey, hypocoristic form of Duncan, man's name]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.donkey - the symbol of the Democratic Partydonkey - the symbol of the Democratic Party; introduced in cartoons by Thomas Nast in 1874
allegory, emblem - a visible symbol representing an abstract idea
2.donkey - domestic beast of burden descended from the African wild assdonkey - domestic beast of burden descended from the African wild ass; patient but stubborn
Equus, genus Equus - type genus of the Equidae: only surviving genus of the family Equidae
ass - hardy and sure-footed animal smaller and with longer ears than the horse
burro - small donkey used as a pack animal
moke - British informal for donkey

donkey

noun ass, mule, jackass, neddy strange creatures including a wild donkey
donkey's years (Informal) a long time, years, ages, for ever (informal), yonks (informal), an age or eternity I made them last for donkey's years.
Related words
male jack
female jenny
Translations
حِمارإنْسان غَبي ``حِمار''حمار
oselhlupák
æsel
azeno
aasi
magaractovar
ökörszamár
asniasni, bjáni
ロバ
당나귀
asinus
asilasjuodas darbaslabai ilgailabai seniai
ēzelisstulbenis
măgar
osel
åsna
ลา
eşekakılsızaptal kimse
con lừa

donkey

[ˈdɒŋkɪ]
A. Nburro m
female donkeyburra f
for donkey's years (Brit) → durante un porrón de or muchísimos años
I haven't seen him for donkey's years (Brit) → hace siglos que no lo veo
see also hind 1
B. CPD donkey derby N (Brit) → carrera f de burros
donkey jacket N (Brit) → chaqueta f de lanilla de trabajo
donkey engine Npequeña máquina f de vapor, motor m auxiliar
donkey work N (Brit) → trabajo m pesado

donkey

[ˈdɒŋki] nâne mdonkey jacket n (British)caban mdonkey work donkey-work n (British) the donkey work → le gros du travail, le plus dur (du travail)
to do all the donkey work → faire tout le sale boulot

donkey

nEsel m

donkey

:
donkey derby
nEselrennen nt
donkey engine
n (Rail) → (kleines) Hilfsaggregat
donkey jacket
n dicke (gefütterte) Jacke
donkey ride
nRitt mauf dem/einem Esel, Eselsritt m

donkey

[ˈdɒŋkɪ] nasino/a
I've known him for donkey's years (fam) → lo conosco da secoli

donkey

(ˈdoŋki) noun
1. a domesticated animal with long ears related to the horse but smaller.
2. a stupid person. Don't be such a donkey!
ˈdonkey-work noun
hard, uninteresting work. We have a computer now, which saves us a lot of donkey-work.
donkey's years/ages
a very long time. It's donkey's years since I was last there.

donkey

حِمار osel æsel Esel γάιδαρος burro aasi âne magarac asino ロバ 당나귀 ezel esel osioł burro, jumento осел åsna ลา eşek con lừa 毛驴
References in classic literature ?
Then be called ten times a donkey, and a mule, and an ass, and begone, or I'll clear the world of thee
It pinches all round, for that matter," said Polly, "for it's only half Sunday without you, but you know we should do to other people as we should like they should do to us; and I know very well what I should like if my mother was dying; and Jerry, dear, I am sure it won't break the Sabbath; for if pulling a poor beast or donkey out of a pit would not spoil it, I am quite sure taking poor Dinah would not do it.
As we tramped gaily out at the gate of the town, we overtook a peasant's cart, partly laden with odds and ends of cabbages and similar vegetable rubbish, and drawn by a small cow and a smaller donkey yoked together.
said the long-legged young man, and directly got upon his cart, which was nothing but a large wooden tray on wheels, and rattled away at such a rate, that it was as much as I could do to keep pace with the donkey.
Windy donkey as he was, it really amazed me that he could have the face to talk thus to mine.
Eppie was now aware that her behaviour was under observation, but it was only the observation of a friendly donkey, browsing with a log fastened to his foot--a meek donkey, not scornfully critical of human trivialities, but thankful to share in them, if possible, by getting his nose scratched; and Eppie did not fail to gratify him with her usual notice, though it was attended with the inconvenience of his following them, painfully, up to the very door of their home.
When the potter's donkey slipped in the clay pit, Mowgli hauled it out by the tail, and helped to stack the pots for their journey to the market at Khanhiwara.
Four legs began to grow on him, a thick head, and two long ears, and he saw with horror that he had changed into a donkey.
Within an ace of being Count was he, And would have been but for the spite and gall Of this vile age, mean and illiberal, That cannot even let a donkey be.
Lechaptois' donkey, which had been lent for the occasion on the condition that they should be careful of it.
She might as well dress herself fine to sit back'ards on a donkey.
With the exception of one or two outports in France, and an occasional visit to Portsmouth, Plymouth, and Deal, he had in reality seen no more of mankind, however, than if he had been riding a donkey in one of his native mines.